Artists perceive public spaces as UNCOMMON SPACES, their vision is essential for the inhabitants to share real COMMON SPACES.

IN SITU continues its journey until (at least) the end of 2024! The new cooperation project (UN)COMMON SPACES 2020-2024, bringing together 16 partners and 12 associate partners from Europe and abroad, has been selected by the European Commission within the framework of the Creative Europe Programme and will kick off in November 2020.

(UN)COMMON SPACES at a glance

At a time when European societies are undergoing considerable changes, art must be at the forefront to offer new perspectives. To rebuild the pact between art and society, more and more artists are leaving conventional spaces to work in and with the public space, in direct contact with citizens and inhabitants. (UN)COMMON SPACES aims at supporting the strong growth of this sector at a European scale to reinvent the relation between the cultural sector and the civil society.

A change of paradigm

The partners will gather around them a circle of artists and a circle of citizens*. This new collaborative format, a result of the IN SITU partners’ expertise, reflects their conviction that sharing skills, artistic vision and plurality of perspectives is today the relevant way to ensure that artworks will resonate with a large and more diverse audience.A change of perspective- Give meaning to more in-depth relationships between artists and inhabitants: explore the various ways of participation of and with the audience- Offer associate artists a multi-faceted path, where they will be supported for their artistic journey on a long term basis- Inhabit and regenerate public space by tackling the challenges of the European public space together with artists and the civil society

A change of working framework

- A transnational mobility programme driven by the participation of the audience

- A modulable package for associate artists and emerging artists including artistic laboratories, mentorships and co-productions

- A cycle of exchanges on topics** related to public space between artists, the civil society and producers

- A set of training tools for art in public space and specifically for audience development

- An international strategy focusing on the United States of America and AsiaArtists working outside conventional venues, creating for local contexts, involving inhabitants and questioning the challenges of our contemporary societies are at the centre of this project.

* associate citizens: people from the civil society, e.g. tourism experts, social workers, policemen, scientists, teachers, city-planners, architects, farmers, nurse, prison guards, workers of the public space...

** themes:Reclaim the spaces: urban renewal, placemaking, evolution of rural areas, privatisation of public spaceReconnect people: diversity, social justice, cultural identity, social inclusion, intergenerational allianceFace the future: climate change, democracy, technology & digital world...


Project date: 1 November 2020 - 31 October 2024

Project leader: Lieux publics, European and national centre for artistic creation in public space (Marseille, France)

16 partners and 12 associate partners, in 21 countries. 


Artopolis Association (Hungary)

Atelier 231 (France)

Čtyři Dny / Four Days (Czech Republic)

FiraTàrrega (Spain)

Freedom Festival (The United Kingdom)

Kimmel Center (The United States of America)

La Strada (Austria)Metropolis (Denmark)

Norfolk & Norwich Festival (The United Kingdom)

Oerol Festival (The Netherlands)

Østfold Internasjonale Teater (Norway)

Teatri Oda (Kosovo)

Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof (Belgium)

Scène Nationale De L’Essonne (France)

and an association of 4 Italian partners: Zona K / Indisciplinarte / Pergine Festival / Teatro Stabile Di Sardegna (Italy)


Research & Education

Cifas (Belgium)

FAI-AR (France)

Cultural Operators - Europe

ANTI Festival (Finland)

Biela Noc (Slovakia)

Bússola (Portugal)

SPOT Festival (Lithuania)

Strassentheater Detmold (Germany)

Tombées De La Nuit (France)

Cultural Operators - Asia

Hsingho Co. Ltd. & HoooH – Tainan Street Arts Festival (Taiwan)

Linhai Art Festival (China)

Start Festival (China)

Seoul Street Arts Festival (South Korea)

Sura Medura (Sri Lanka)